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Anchor Cottage Freshwater Decor Decorating Store

For absolutely everything "Freshwater Decor" head to Anchor Cottage. Located in Uptown Suttons Bay Michigan, Anchor Cottage carries Pine Cone Hill bedding, Dash & Albert rugs, Emma Bridgwater tabletop, Crabtree & Evelyn bubble bath. Gifts and antiques with a nautical flair. We do special orders and shipping all over the United States. E-mail us at shop@anchorcottage.net. Can't wait to hear from you!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Not Again!!

Drum roll please....

Three years in a row! Best Local Band in Nashville Tennessee, Baby!!!

Head over to http://www.anthonyorio.com and buy their cd, Between Home & The Bright Lights.

 They're the winners, oh yeah!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Chilly In The Evening

Fall is rushing in. Most of the time we are still swimming in the big lake mid-September. This year fall arrived early with chilly evenings in front of the fireplace. So I went and found my baskets of yarn.

What shall I knit? I had to dust the balls of yarn!
Just like sewing I am good at knitting squares or rectangles. My favorite thing to knit are scarves. I finished an afghan, two years ago, for Steve's naps on the sofa. So it's been a while since I started a knitting project.

I chose to start simple. A gator stitch, ombre scarf in blues. Forty stitches on size 7 needles. This yarn is pretty ancient. Hand spun and dyed. I only have a small amount to work with, hope there is enough. Once I am confident with my knitting capabilities, the basket with the black, creme and camel yarn will be scarves for presents. Every five years, or so, I become inspired to put the textures and colors of yarn together and friends and family are the recipients of my creations!

Now to put a fire in the fireplace, it's chilly, here, in the Leelanau Peninsula.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Good Morning Anchor Cottage

Now that I have sidetracked the camera problem, for the moment, I thought I had better get some recent shots of the shop.

At this point, the change of seasons, I am ready for the earthy colors and textures that autumn brings.

The license plate artist is coming in with new work next week. Good thing, as we have sold right down to just a few choices!

Orange, yellow and red, Sugar Maple tones. Think Vermont and Maple Syrup season.

I liked the new placemat line that I introduced into the shop this July. For coming on the floor late, they actually sold pretty well.

If I had a garden room I would hang this mirror and grow Orchids and African Violets on the pedestal shelves.

Happy to have my camera operating again! 

So I Stuck The Photo Card Into The Computer....

Flowers from my garden in my mother's vase.

Early morning dew on the Peace Rose.

Delphinium Blue.

Enjoying my garden's colors before I start my work day.

What is bringing in fall on your kitchen windowsill?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Oh Sugar My Camera Is Out Of Commission

I love everything about this nursery.
Blue and white with a crisp green accent.

Darling sums it up!

I took these images off of shelterinteriordesign.blogspot.com. She has the best taste, head over to her site to enjoy a visual desert!

Until I can get into Traverse City to get my camera looked at I will be posting pictures that the computer has to offer. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Take Me To The End Of Summer

Found on thebellacottage.com

Summer colors, pink and white, to store in my head.
Found on decor8blog.com

I love this dress, not for the beginning of summer, but for the ripe, sunlite days of August.
Found on decor8blog.com

This tattoo jewelry is a fantastic accessory for summer time styles!
Cool Yellow Dipped Room
Found on momtoob.com

Where could I paint these yellow walls at my house? 
Absolutely Beautiful Things by Anna Spiro
Found on shop.blackandspiro.com.au

I will be ordering this book asap.

Before we leave the summer day, take time to enjoy the brights of a sunlite season. All too soon the time will come to deepen our yellows to gold and our pinks to rose as the sunflowers bow their heads and the rose hips nod in the deepening sun.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Faded Days Of Summer

It is the fourth Sunday in August and the sun is low in the sky.

My highlights are faded and my jeans are fading to a soft chambray blue. 

The Geraniums are faded to a soft shade of red.

The light is so soft this time of year illuminating everything from the side.

Pretty soon it will be time for fall to show it's true spots in all it's russets and coffee browns as the leaves cover the putting greens.

Zucchinis, Tomatoes, Peaches and Apricots, the oranges and greens of autumn harvest.

The bluest skies at the end of summer.

Sunday, in August, at Anchor Cottage.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Very Peaceful Sunday

We changed beach location this week. The wind was coming off the water so we turned our backs to the east and faced, inland, west!

Looking across at our usual beach.

Can anyone guess where we landed?

Summer has been a little chilly. If you are someone like me, who loves to swim in the Great Lake, the great whirlpool,  water temperatures have been good but the land temps have been in the high sixties and low seventies. With a late start on summer and quite a few rain days, swimming has been slim this summer.

This coming Sunday we are taking our sweatshirts and rock shoes to try a new beach. Sandwiches and Fritos, something interesting to read and we will be ready to head out.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Captains Quarters

Navy, white and brass, makes me think, "nautical style".

A masculine look that the first mate would like.

This was a fun bed to put together.

Simple, fresh and fun!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

This Weeks Inspiration

Doesn't it look like Lake Michigan?
pinned from Shannon 8
shannon3 images; shannon fricke
Beautiful photography of light and balance.
shannon3 images; shannon fricke
The ruffle voile bed skirt is charming.
Does it look like a huge, old rudder for a headboard?
Find your Coastal Coffee Table Style
How easy was this nautical styling? Simple and so well done.
found on completely-coastal.com

Sunday is always a beach day. Blue sky, blue water, blue islands and sandy beaches.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Suttons Bay Sidewalk Sales

I am ready! 40 % off of anything on this table starting today!

We have Emma Bridgewater, bedding, rugs, candles, Sea Bags, and a whole lot more!

There is a 10' putting green/rug for 40% off...Christmas is coming!!

Pretty quiet, here in the village, this morning.

These sidewalks will be crawling come Friday morning.

Sort of our last hurrah for the season.

Then back to being "a crook in a road in a cow town".